Registrations for British Esports Student Champs, a series of competitive gaming tournaments for school and college students aged 12+ in the UK, are now open with the addition of Valorant as a competitive title this year.
About Student Champs
British Esports Student Champs is an extracurricular, team-based activity engaging a wide demographic of young people while providing a different way of motivating and inspiring students.
Schools and colleges can register their teams who will be competing in four different titles over the course of the academic year: Rocket League, Overwatch, League of Legends, and most recently, Valorant.
The grand finals for the Student Champs will be held in collaboration with Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, which is a part of Nottingham Trent University. The event will take place live on June 18th and 19th 2022 at Confetti X, Nottingham Trent University’s new esports complex.
The addition of Valorant
The inclusion of Valorant this year stemmed from popular demand, and will provide an alternative FPS title for students to compete in. The player pool for Valorant will be restricted due to the 16+ PEGI rating of the game.
Valorant will run on a separate schedule from the rest of the titles, and will consist of distinctive individual seasons. The seasons will have a group stage, playoffs and will culminate with one team coming on top. For the other titles, teams will compete across Winter and Spring splits in order to get a spot at the grand finals.
Further new developments
Apart from the addition of Valorant, British Esports Association have launched a new website that will serve as a hub for students and teachers involved in the tournament – all of the information needed to register, compete and pay entry fees will be easily accessible on the site. A new payment system has also been introduced which will feature tournament credits. Along with the entry fee, credits will account for a team’s entry into any tournament within the Champs.
The new payment system will utilize new integration with online payment processor Stripe alongside usual bank-to-bank transfers, thus increasing accessibility for schools and colleges wishing to attend. For the tournament side of the website, British Esports worked with EpicLan to provide the best user experience possible.
British Esports Association have been working very actively in order to introduce esports to a wide audience of parents and carers, teachers, and students in a safe manner. They have recently published new guidelines for safeguarding in esports, announced a partnership between their Women in Esports initiative and Dota Valkyries to make esports more accessible to female gamers, and they attended the very first Stack Fest where they talked about education, diversity, and inclusivity in esports.